I found this post on facebook today and it so profoundly struck a cord in my life that I had to share it. My mother was not one to show her true self to us girls (she had three of us) but once and a while she would, in her own unique way. I distinctly remember her sharing with me once that she had felt she reached an age where she could truly be herself. Even though I was pretty young at the time I remember fully understanding what she was telling me. I wish I could remember her exact words. When I read this article today I remembered our conversation just as though these words were coming from her. We share many more of these kinds of moments these days. She’s 93 now and I am thankful for her.
I hope every woman young or old who reads these words can truly understand them, relate to them and then pass them on. I thank the author for sharing her thoughts.
July 10 at 12:10pm
There comes a day, somewhere in the middle of every woman’s life, when Mother Nature herself stands behind us and wraps her arms around our shoulders, whispering
“You have taken enough now. It’s time to stop growing up, stop growing older and start growing wiser and wilder.
There are adventures still waiting on you and this time, you will enjoy them with the vision of wisdom and the companionship of hindsight, and you will really let go.
It’s time to stop the madness of comparison and the ridicule of schedule and conformity and start experiencing the joys that a life, free of containment and guilt, can bring.”
She will shake your shoulders gently and remind you that you’ve done your bit. You’ve given too much, cared too much, you’ve suffered too much.
You’ve bought the book, as it were, and worn the t-shirt.
Worse, you’ve worn the chains and carried the weight of a burden far too heavy for your shoulders.
“It’s time” she will say.
“Let it go, really let it go and feel the freedom of the fresh, clean spaces within you. Fill them with discovery, love and laughter. Fill yourself so full you will no longer fear what is ahead and instead you will greet each day with the excitement of a child.”
She will remind you that if you choose to stop caring what other people think of you and instead care what you think of you, you will experience a new era of your life you never dreamed possible.
‘It’s time’ she will say…
“to write the ending, or new beginning, of your own story.”
Words: Donna Ashworth
Beautiful, Wonderful, Fabulous Lady: Helen Mirren